KEVIN JOAQUIN GARCIA

Drummer - Percussionist


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ARTISTS

Kevin works with many fantastic and diverse artists all over the world, such as Hazmat Modine, The Duhks, Duncan Sheik, Wheatus, Gato Loco, Sky White Tiger, Pape Armand Boye, Natalie MacMaster, Bright Light Bright Light, MC Frontalot, Gabriel Kahane and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Bartosz Hadala, Antonio Sanchez, Randy Brecker, Clarence Spady, Andy Story and the T Blues Band, Karla Rose and The Thorns, My Midnight Heart, MC Lars, Fever High, Kerrigan-Lowdermilk, Justin Levine, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jose Llana, The As-Is Ensemble, Clinton Curtis, Marcus Paul James, Derek Fawcett, The Swedes, The Enophiles, Del Marquis' Slow Nights, E2K, and The New York Voices. 

Guest appearances with: Bombino, Jerry Douglas, Elephant Revival, De Temps Antan, Oysterband, Le Poules à Colin, Donna The Buffalo, Hangai, Coig, Tony McMannis, The Bombadils, and Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba.

MUSICALS

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway by Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman (Cast Member, Drummer, Arranger, In-House Contractor, Cast Recording) 

Fun Home on Broadway (Designated Drummer, Percussionist) 

Murder Ballad (Drummer, Arranger, In-House Contractor, Cast Recording)

Shakespeare In The Park: Love's Labour's Lost (Drummer, Percussionist, Arranger, Cast Recording)

Whisper House by Duncan Sheik (Drummer, Percussionist, Arranger, Cast Recording)

NOIR by Duncan Sheik (Vibraphone, Drummer, Percussionist)

Hedwig And The Angry Inch BCEFA (Drummer)

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DANCe

Kevin works closely with dancers and professional dance companies as a musician, accompanist, and composer. He worked with Merce Cunningham and MCDC until his passing, and currently works with Seán Curran, Milton Meyers, Kevin Wynn, Steps On Broadway, The Joffrey Ballet, Peridance, Limón, NYU, and Hunter College. Companies and schools Kevin has worked with in the past include Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Doug Varone, David Dorfman, Trisha Brown, Donald McKayle, Saeko Ichinohe, Mary Cochran, Jeff and Yukie Moen, Anita Cheng, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Harkness Dance at the 92Y, Columbia University-Barnard College, Juilliard, Marymount University, Arts Connection, and Class Class Class. 

Kevin has worked on faculty at Barnard College as a composer in residence and served as Music Director for Gil Stroming's Jump Convention at Break The Floor. 

 


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ACCLAIM

"Percussionist Kevin Garcia is a wonder. His varied instruments allow him to create different tones and textures. His drum solo late in the show was as engaging as it was impressive while also in keeping with the expressive playing he offered all evening."  -The Gazette

Kevin has had the opportunity to perform all over the world on concert stages, international festivals, television, radio, talk shows, and news programs.

PASIC Best International Percussion Performance Winner 1998. 

Ambassador Musician to France and Poland. 

Made Honorary Cajun by The City of Lafayette, Louisiana at Festival International De Louisiane.

 

TRAINING

Bachelor of Arts in Percussion Performance and Philosophy from Western Michigan University. Mentors Billy Hart, and Judy Moonert.

Halewynstitchting Conservatory in Belgium for Jazz, Ghanaian, Togolese, Cameroonian, and Burkina Faso Percussion Performance with Billy Hart, Boris Amontete Tchango, Zoumana Dembele, Dre Pallemaerts, and Alain Nyame.

The Lake Placid Institute for Composition and Improvisation, with Billy Hart, Kenny Werner, Bob Brookmeyer, Rufus Reid, and Jane Ira Bloom. 

Tabla study with Ustad Mulazim Hussain. Mridangam study with Guruvayur Dorai 

Drum Corps percussion with Jon Weber, Chris Thompson, Tim Fairbanks, and Joe Kuerzi.

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NEWS

Kevin is in the studio this fall with Sky White Tiger, Brontosaurus On Pluto, Anna Lindblad/Colin Savoie-Levac, Pape Armand Boye, and Charlie Rosen. 

Upcoming performances:

NOV 26 Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

DEC 3 Gato Loco at Barbes

DEC 10 Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

DEC 18-21 Sean Curran at Peridance

JAN 6 Hazmat Modine at The Bitter End

JAN 8 Hazmat Modine at Highline Ballroom